ACE’s primary service is evaluating workplace and military training. I encourage you to browse the ACE catalog that contains over 3,500 credit-worthy licenses, classes, seminars, and training options. Even if your teen can’t utilize these options, an older sibling or parent might find something they’ve already done!
There are 2 basic ways to get college credit through workplace training.
(1) Obtain college credit for a license, class, or seminar you’ve already taken (or plan to take. In this instance, the college credit is generally awarded by ACE, so you’ll have to place it on your Acclaim transcript. Since you may already hold a license or certification, you may already have college credit, you just have to get it formalized by ACE.
(2) While working, take advantage of employer incentives like tuition reimbursement. In this instance, your company pays for your college (or part of it) in return for service, hours, or commitment. These kinds of programs are abundant but will vary greatly by employer.
A sample of workplace certifications worth college credit:
CompTIA certification, 3–9 credits
Dale Carnegie Training, 2+ credits
Dollar General Store Manager Training, 9 credits
Electrical training ALLIANCE, 36+ credits
Federal Aviation Administration, varies
KFC Restaurant, 1–5 credits
McDonalds Restaurants, credit varies
National Restaurant Association ServSafe Certification, 1 credit
Starbucks Barista Training, up to 6 credits
Walt Disney Company courses, 3+ each
Walmart College Track Training, credit varies
A sample of tuition reimbursement programs (company pays your tuition)
Through a partnership with Excelsior College, Pizza Hut offers the Life Unboxed EDU program.
Excelsior College offers tuition discounts of 45% on undergraduate studies and 15% on graduate studies for Pizza Hut employees.
Similar to Chipotle, Pizza Hut’s tuition assistance offer also allows you to earn up to 63 credits for on-the-job training.
This tuition-reimbursement offer is for available to both full-timers and part-timers after one year on the job.
Employees get tuition, books, and fees reimbursed by Chipotle — up to the IRS limit of $5,250 per calendar year.
Chipotle also has a partnership through Guild Education that lets you earn up to 38 and 44 credit hours through on-the-job training.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
For hourly team members and shift supervisors with at least six months of service, KFC offers the REACH Educational Grant Program.
The program provides college tuition assistance via grants of $2,000 and $2,500. Grant recipients can attend any accredited two-year or four-year college or a trade/vocational school.
Managers, meanwhile, can receive grants of up to $3,000 through KFC’s REACH initiative.
Winners are selected by a competitive application process and may reapply each year.
Arizona State University announced that they will partner with Uber, the Silicon Valley ride-share giant, to offer “fully funded college degrees for drivers and their families starting today.”
Drivers who have completed at minimum 3,000 rides and have reached platinum or diamond status are eligible for the fully-funded program. And unlike other university partnerships that offer tuition coverage for employees, Uber and ASU will allow drivers to pass coverage to family members, including spouses, children, siblings, parents, legal guardians, domestic partners or dependents.
There are three educational options for Uber drivers or their beneficiaries to choose from, according to a press statement released by ASU:
- They can choose from among more than 80 undergraduate degree programs offered by ASU Online.
- Or, if they are unsure about taking university courses or are not yet admissible to ASU, they can take classes through the Global Freshman Academy at ASU, a low-risk pathway to admission that also earns college credit.
- Or they can take non-degree courses in English as a second language or entrepreneurship.
It appears students will need to continue driving for Uber as they pursue their degrees, but when they graduate, they “have no obligation to continue driving for Uber.”
Currently available in Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Seattle, Orlando, Tampa, and New Jersey.
College for $1 per day. Walmart will cover the full cost – beyond financial aid – of tuition, fees, and books. Walmart has partnered with several universities where its employees can earn an Associates or Bachelor’s degree online while working at Walmart:
- The University of Florida in Gainesville (Florida) *ranked #17 in the nation
- Brandman University (California)
- Bellevue University (Nebraska)
- Southern New Hampshire University (New Hampshire)
Walmart associates are eligible to apply once they have worked at Walmart for at least 90 days. Walmart expects that all Walmart associates who apply will be accepted.
Choice of Degree: Management, Supply Chain, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, IT
There is no requirement to stay with the company after graduation,
and they specifically allow teens to work part-time while
attending college. Since Walmart managers are required to hold
bachelor’s degrees, this program provides a direct and clear path from school to work. Learn More.
Program: TRACK TO THE TRADES
Pre-Apprenticeships to choose from: carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing or appliance repair
Expected launch: Beta program launches in 2018, nationwide 2019
What: The Track to the Trades program is a pre-apprenticeship program fully funded by Lowes for their employees who would like to pursue a formal apprenticeship in the trades. Any part-time or full-time employee is eligible, and Lowes will pay for the employee’s initial certification. The employee is placed with a professional contractor through the Lowe’s Professional contractor network and will complete a 10-month pre-apprenticeship program. Graduates of the program are not obligated to stay with the company since most are expected to enter a Registered Apprenticeship program upon completion.
The Starbucks College Achievement Plan is a partnership with Arizona
State University. Though you have to attend ASU to receive
this benefit, you receive full tuition reimbursement.
Employees with McDonald’s for 90 days working 15 hours per week
are eligible. Eligible employees receive up to $2,500/year with no
lifetime credit cap.
Other “Teen-Friendly” Employers with Educational Benefits
Barnes & Noble
Harris Teeter Grocery
This content is reprinted from Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit 2nd Edition.